Our growing and taste results for the Mariachi pepper are provided below.
For more detailed step by step instructions for growing the Mariachi pepper, visit our growing pepper page.
Seed Genetics: Hybrid.
Seed Collecting: Seeds will not come true but can still be collected. Plant's traits will vary. Plants may express traits not seen in the hybrid. If you want to prevent crossing with other peppers and even more genetic variation, bag an unopened flower with spun bonded row cover material. Remove when fruit starts forming. Mark stem with a string so you can find it later. Let the fruit fully mature before harvesting. Air dry seeds prior to storage.
Short Explanation: Hybrid plants are heterogeneous meaning they carry dominant and recessive alleles for traits. What you see or taste is the effect of the dominant allele. This is represented by Bb were the B is the dominant trait, say black bean color. The b represents a recessive trait which, for this example we'll say is brown beans. Hybrids being Bb make black beans but when you collect their seeds you can get BB, Bb or bb not to mention alleles from other varieties in your garden. The bb plants will make you brown beans next year, not black.
Fruit: Pale green, to yellow, orange, then red. Smooth pointed bell shape 4 inches long.
Disease Resistance: Good
Well the pictures say it all. The Mariachi pepper is just beautiful. Add to that great productivity and taste. This one also matured faster for us than the seed company specs said it would. We planted this for the first time in 2012 and definitely intend to plant it again.
Planting Bed Specs:
Light Requirements: Full Sun. Peppers like heat but a string of days in the 90's will often halt blooming and pepper development. This stress can take a week or more to recover from delaying and reducing harvest. Woven shade cloth supported above the plants by poles is used by some growers to moderate sun exposure.
Watering: Without rain, peppers need watered well 1 - 2x per week depending on how hot it is. Your soil type will also affect water needs. Carefully observing the plants and how long your soil remains damp is the best way to learn how to manage your unique conditions. To prevent fungal disease water late morning or early afternoon so the sun will quickly dry the leaves and stems. If you must water on cool, cloudy days, wet the soil below the plants, ie. keep the leaves dry.
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